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Atomic Bomb Physical Damage, Blast Effect, Hiroshima, 03/21/1946 - 04/01/1946


Published March 21, 1946


National Archives description "MS Grave stone in cemetery approx. 150 feet from zero at 350 degrees shows cylindrical top stone displaced. MLS Pan R to L (E to W) bridge 22 as viewed from the W bank of the Motoyasu River. Shows effect of blast to deck, ornaments and stone lanterns. MS Showing the displacement of various components of the fourth stone lantern from E end of the bridge on its S side, ie the SW stone lantern on zero in background. MS The stone lantern on SW end of bridge zero in background. This lantern collapsed as result of blast. MS Showing displacement of various parts of the 3rd stone lantern from E end of bridge on its N side, zero in background. MS 2nd stone lantern on E end of the bridge on its N side showing the displacement of various parts; zero in background (slight edge fog). MS Showing stone lantern on NE end of the bridge showing displacement; zero in background. MCU 2nd stone lantern pan E end of the bridge on S side, showing the displacement of various parts looking down from building 96. MCU High spots looking down, 3rd stone lantern from E end of the bridge on its Sside from building 96. MS 3rd stone lantern on the E end of bridge on N side seen from building 96 (slight edge fog). MLS Showing stone lantern on the NW end of bridge which collapsed as seen from building 96 (slight edge fog). The following shots were taken from the NE end of bridge 22 with axis of camera pointing to zero, in one direction and stone lanterns in opposite direction. All views looking SW-- MS Stone lantern from SE end of bridge; MS 2nd stone lantern from SE end of bridge; MS 3rd stone lantern from SE end of bridge; MS SW stone lantern from SE end of bridge; MS NE stone lantern from SE end of bridge; MS 2nd stone lantern from NE end of bridge; MS 3rd stone lantern from NE end of bridge; MS Stone lantern NW end of bridge. MLS Pan R to L from center of bridge 22 looking NE at stone lantern and destroyed retaining wall along the E bank of Motoyasu River. MS "Goddess Kwannon" toppled from its' base, due to effect of blast. This monument was located approx. 1625 feet from zero at 157 degrees within shrine. MCU The base from which the "Goddess of Mercy Kwannon" was toppled by blast. MCU The prone statue of "Goddess of Mercy" looking skyward. MS A headless wooden statue, dressed in carved flowing robe, which was felled by blast. CU The headless wooden statue, different angle. MLS Showing the effect of blast on a granite post supporting a pine tree which was growing almost horizontal. LS Looking E showing small vault which is all that remains of a Court, located approx. 2900 feet from zero at 134 degrees. MS Same as above; W side of vault and effect of blast to steel doors. CU Same as above; steel door opened shows the bowing effect. MS Same as above; different angle. MLS Looking N at SE corner of a brick load bearing structure that collapsed as result of blast subsequent to gutting by fire. Building formerly was the Library, located approx. 5250 feet from zero at 174 degrees. LS Looking S slightly W at the NE side of building 46 located approx. 2100 feet from zero at 111 degrees showing collapsed structure. MS Showing E side of building 46 in which 2nd floor of the building is now resting on the ground. MS Looking SW of building 46 showing the effect of blast on the structure and its displacement towards the E. CU The NE corner of the tower showing effect of blast. MS Looking SW of building 46 with laborers pushing long bamboo on a cart and two women and children and a horse wagon passes in front of camera (two takes, different action). MS Looking N along the first main street E of zero showing inhabitants of Hiroshima walking N through ruins of building 13 located 1125 feet from zero at 173 degrees. MLS Looking NW showing two Hiroshima streetcars which were immobilized near the N end of streetcar track. Just E of the Div Ord Depot located 4400 feet from zero at 54 degrees. MS A streetcar which was moved from track on the process of clearing the street and burned as a sanitary measure. The red and white handbill pasted on the side of the car proclains a merit of a group of candidates for upcoming election. MS Looking NE showing two granite columns which stood on each side of entance located just E of retaining wall located approx. 4650 feet from zero at 55 degrees. The column on the S was protected by high brick wall which shattered under impact of blast, while N column received full shot and was displaced. CU The base of N granite column showing the extent and direction of displacement as seen looking at SW corner approx. displacement 4-1/2" . CU Same as above, another angle. MS Looking N at the southernmost of th etwo granite columns showing the shattered brick wall protected from the blast. MS Looking NE at two similar columns located approx. 55 feet further N which were felled by blast. MS Looking N showing two similar types of granite columns in a state of collapse. MLS Looking NE showing spatial relationship between the collapsed columns and those which are still standing. MLS Looking NE located approx. 2800 feet from zero at 74 degrees showing the collapsed two-story structure with two latticework main beams. MS Looking E showing the wall inward of the S wall, ie toward N. MS Looking E alongside of the building showing collapsed metal beams. This buildig was destroyed by fire. MS Looking E at the W side of "W" style reinforced concrete residence which was superficially damaged by blast and destroyed by fire. MLS Same as above, different angle W and S side of building as seen when looking NE. MS Pan R to L looking N slightly W collapsed granite Torii situated at the entrance to inner shrine. MC Looking N showing the base of the granite Torii and place in which granite sheared as result of impact of the blast. The S base ring-like form, has been partially uprooted. MS Looking W at the shattered granite Torii which formed entrance to the inner shrine. The columns, which initially sheared just above the respective bases, broke in several pieces as result in manner in which they fell. MS Looking N-NW at the top of the shattered granite Torii in part of the shrine. MS A granite lantern on the NW corner of inner shrine whose upper portion was rocked by blast and, during the moment in which seperated from its base, a bit of flying debris was blown under it and trapped as the stone regained its equilibrium. CU The debris trapped when the granite settled back into place; a process which probably involved afraction of a second or possibly a second. MS Looking N from the entrance to the inner shrine showing granite Torii at the N entrance to the inner shrine. The Torii collapsesd toward the N. MLS LOoking S slightly E showing the collapsed Torii at the N entrance to the inner shrine; in foreground, the collapsed granite Torii and at E entrance to the inner shrine in the middle ground and in the background the intact granite Torii at the S entrance to the "Gokoku" Shrine. MS Looking NW showing SE corner of a light, concrete walled structure with light steel frame roof members, located approx. 8800 feet from zero at 210 degrees. Pan L to R showing the collapsed structure as sen from W to N in the interior of the building. MS Looking W at the E side of two-story residence located approx. 7200 feet from zero at 221 degrees which was affected by blast and now leans toward SW. MS Looking N at the E side of the residence showing the damage which it sustained and the direction for the displacement. MLS Looking NW from E bank of Tenma River at the displaced stone (masonry stone) wall which extends for 700 feet along the W bank of the river just N of the Tenma Boshi Bridge. The area affected if located approx. 3375 feet from zero at 280 degrees. MS CU Three breaks on stone retainingwall in the W bank of Tenma River. MLS Looking NE at S side of light wooden frame structure with brick lower portion which serves as warehouse. This building is located approx. 7550 feet from zero at 204 degrees. MS Looking SE showing the NW corner of the building. MS Three Japanese children walking towards camera with completely destroyed typical two-story Japanese wooden dwelling in background. This dwelling is located the same distance as above building. MS Looking at W side of automobile, Dodge four door sedan, which was demobilized a few feet from its present position showing effect of blast. Located 1200 feet from zero at 147 degrees. MCU Two doors on the Dodge which were facing W, ie the direction from whence the blast came. LS Looking N-NE across an area of devastation, which has been razed by fire, at the only building in the area N of the main EW streetcar line on S side of the railroad which escaped fire. This building is located approx. 5275 feet from zero at 22 degrees. MS Looking NE showing fire breaks which protected the dwelling from destruction by fire, namely, a garden to the S, the railroad embankment to the N, grove of trees to the E and approx. 30 feet of no built up area to the W. The dwelling has been severly damaged by blast. MS Looking NW showing the effect of blast on the dwelling. View shows the fire breaks. No attempt was made to prevent fire from spreading to this house. Pan shot take from a point between Tsurumi and Yanagi Bridges on the W bank of Kyobashi River showing area of devestation which stretches W between Kyobashi and Motoyasu River. LS Looking NW across the shrine located approx. 4500 feet from zero at 177 degrees. In the foreground is an area completely devastated and in the background can be seen buildings 23, 18, 43, and 41. LS Looking NW from an elevation showing approx. same area. Boom down shot on the second stone lantern from the E end of bridge 22 on its N side showing the effect of blast on the upper portion of the stone lantern (note: boom not very effective, too jerky). MS Showing the displacement of various components of the stone lantern. MS Shwoing the displacement of the stone lantern on the S side of building 22, viewed from the SE edge of the bridge 22. LS Boom shot from E end of T bridge to sero as seen from NE corner of bridge 22 (note: due to use of boom this scene is most effective, however, it is a bit jerky in spots, also, overall magenta spoils the scene). Boom shot from a pile of rubble which was left from three-story red brick building (which served as post office) to zero which is marked by a red pillow. Three solitary fire walls, destroyed barracks, and communication buildings 64 and 65 in background. MLS Looking N along E side of Motoyasu River from NE corner of building 22 showing the effect of blast on asphaly road and the stone retaining wall. In the background can be seen building 4 and 1. MS Boom in looking N at the S side of building 41 showing the effect of blast which passed through structure on the steel casement windows on the S side of the building as well as displacement of the stone columns on the roof S, W, and E sides of building 41 (note: rather jerky boom but effective). MS Boom down showing building 51, the "Chugoku Newspaper Building" which was superficially damaged and also completely gutted by fire. Distorted steel frame of building 52 in foreground." National Archives Identifier: 64520

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Run time 20 minutes 58 seconds
Producer United States. Army
Audio/Visual silent, color
Language English

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